Summer heatwave EspañaEl July 1, 2004, Spain (about three quarters of the right end of the peninsula) and Portugal (left quarter) were in the middle of a scorching heat wave that cost several people their lives. When Spectroradiometer Moderate Resolution Imaging (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured this image (13:35 UTC, or 2:35 pm local time in Lisbon, Portugal) fresh, house clouds hugged only the northern coast, while the rest of the country baked in sol. La picture shown here is the land surface temperature observations collected by MODIS scientists have color coded in shades of pink (colder temperatures) to blackish-red (higher temperatures). Deep Reds dominate the country, especially around the central part of the border between the two countries, where land surface temperatures reach a scorching 59 degrees Celsius (138 degrees Fahrenheit). According to press reports, air temperatures were above 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit), and the energy demand for air conditioning and refrigeration has caused blackouts in some places. A natural color version of this image is available from the MODIS Rapid Response website courtesy of Jacques System.Imagen Descloitres and Ana Pinheiro, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is the home of the nation’s largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe.
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